Ted Cruz a threat to GOP oligarchs

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by Wim DeVriend

‘Does it ever get cold on the moral high ground?’

So asked one of my favorite characters, Violet Grantham of Downton Abbey. The formidable ‘dowager countess’ makes incisive points by means of short, biting questions – needless to say, all thanks to the series’ gifted script writer, Julian Fellowes.

Which is why I’m tempted to ask Larry Huss: Does it ever get cold on your moral high ground?

According to Larry’s March 2 column: “Sen. Cruz Loses His Base for Good Reason”, Ted Cruz is an excellent legal scholar, debater and attorney. Larry’s problem is that Cruz is not part of DC’s buddy system, since he had no “. . . friends or admirers in the Senate,” but became known “. . . as an orator who played fast and loose with the truth; as a back-stabber willing to sacrifice his colleagues for his own ambitions; and as an “ally” that could never be trusted.” Hence Larry’s wishful-sounding prediction that “Mr. Cruz will never be elected.”

Upon reflection, lying and backstabbing and betrayal may be apt descriptions of the treatment of the voters by Cruz’s Republican colleagues. The anger on which Cruz and Trump are feeding is their fault. As soon as they got comfortable in DC, and despite their majorities, they forgot their promises. Cruz’s refusal to go along enhances his résumé.

With regard to Cruz’s alleged dishonesty, I only have space to explore Larry’s claim that in Iowa Cruz “. . . sent his minions out to falsely tell caucus attendees that Dr. Ben Carson had withdrawn from the race and that his followers should support Mr. Cruz.”

As Larry knows, there are differences between mistakes and purposeful lies. When after Iowa Dr. Carson went home to Florida, skipping the next primary states, CNN engaged in profuse speculations. Wolf Blitzer called it “Very significant news indeed.” Two commentators on his program concluded: “Look, if you want to be President of the United States, you don’t go home to Florida. I mean, that’s bottom line. That’s the end of the story.”

This caused Cruz to conclude that Carson was dropping out, and that CNN had said so. CNN objected that “. . . at no point” it had said “Dr. Carson would suspend his campaign.” True, but they had dropped heavy hints, ripe for misinterpretation. Cruz apologized, and the Iowa vote tallies don’t seem to have been substantially affected.

In the heat of political battles, do people jump to wrong conclusions? Actually it’s expected, according to the US Supreme Court, which in free speech decisions has exempted political statements, even totally false ones, from sanctions.

The real story is that the GOP Old Boys’ Club has been on a campaign to discredit the leading candidates. That club is worried sick about its applecart being overturned by upstarts like Donald Trump and especially Ted Cruz, who has never catered to the statists and socialists in the US Congress, in whose beds the Republicans can be found whenever they think nobody’s looking.

Those GOP oligarchs want to keep their well-paid, prestigious gigs, and they see a well-educated rebel like Ted Cruz as a threat.

Today people everywhere are tired of being taken for granted by tone-deaf politicians. Their mood resembles 1989 in Eastern Europe, right before the Iron Curtain fell. All the experts were surprised when – boom! – the wall came down and there was no stopping the people, who had nothing but contempt for their entrenched leaders.

But to Larry Huss it won’t matter: “Should Mr. Cruz . . . become the Republican nominee”, he will refuse to vote for him.

But are we looking for a politician or a saint? Since the Good Book says that none is without sin, that must include all politicians. Too often our choices are between bad and worse; and by not voting for Cruz, Larry Huss will facilitate the election of the wicked witch of Chappaqua, who has told far more lies than Cruz ever thought of telling, who couldn’t be bothered about American officials being massacred in Libya, screaming: “What difference does it make?” Please, do descend from the moral heights.

Wim 3-25-2016

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  • DavidAppell

    Listen to both of you, arguing who stands slightly taller when all their feet are firmly planted in the sewer.

    What an absolute disgrace….

    • Susan Sheller

      What a perfect analogy! I’m voting for Trump!

    • MrBill

      Feeling a little chilly up there?

      • DavidAppell

        No, not chilly. Appalled is more like it.

        • Apostle Because

          To wit, DA fete planted unfirmly down in a Chilean mine with no hypes of survival unless Mother Earth’s Creator he turns his back upon, refines the Demwit as rehabilatory, which Jesus Savior says is plausible.

  • Roger Enout

    Upon Hearing the screech owl from the Left for any length of rope or time, Hillary Rotten Siren Song is so reason enough to take an alternate tack and hope her vessel wallows out a on a Sargasso Sea of the Dread.

  • redbean

    Rafael is no threat to the oligarchs. He’s a complete tool.

    Rafael was for TPP before he was agin’ it. Need I go on? Ok, if you insist…

    Stinky 2012 Senate campaign loans from bailout queens Goldman Sachs and Citibank not on the up-and-up. Latest is that Rafael refuses to disclose terms of the loans to Federal Election Commission. Will keep it tied up until after election.

    Still not convinced? Here we go:

    Wife on leave from Goldman Sachs (employed since 2005) and worked with CFR, specifically on North American Union. (Who better than a Canadian-born “president” to usher in the globalist festivities?)

    “First Bush marriage” – he and Heidi were fellow Bush staffers (Rubio allies spreading rumor sCruz might have a thang for campaign gals…video under wraps for months…coming soon to a youtube near you).

    Rafael worked on Bush trade policy and bushies awarded him with Federal Trade Commission post. Heidi was Director for Western Hemisphere for Condoleezza Rice (think North American Union) and worked on US-China trade policy for bushman US Trade Rep Zoellick (World Bank, Goldman Sachs).

    Rafael was on board the Bush Bus during the 2000 “hanging chad” fiasco. His campaign chairman is former CIA officer, who cofounded the Chertoff Group with Skeletor. Rafael was endorsed by Neil Bush (savings and loan scammer, Chinese influence peddler).

    As for being the “outsider” and “Everybody in the Senate hates Ted” – not so much, least of all Mitch McConnell, whose lawyer Eric Lycan (can we lie? oh yes, we can…) is the head of the pro-Rafael super-PAC “Stand for Truth” (registered in Kentucky no less.)

    BusTED.

  • IhateLiberals

    Anyone that plans to vote for Hillary is a disgrace.

    • Peron her off to Argentina

      Obliviously, such numb-skulls are tone deaf to the sHrillary’s slate-board scratchetings.

      Wake up now to her nurse ratcheting zounds, Otherwise, in four years we’ll really be slurry with her dithering whop whop.

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